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Rios-Ramirez moves in search of diversity
About two weeks ago, the student population of HHS went up by one when junior Sarimar Rios-Ramirez packed up her stuff and moved from Broadway to Harrisonburg. Ramirez lived in Broadway for five years before her family decided to look for a more diverse area to continue her education.
“I [came to Harrisonburg] because I was zoned here and also because of the diversity, it was a lot more diverse,” Rios-Ramirez said.
Luckily for Rios-Ramirez, she found what she was looking for here. Rios-Ramirez has experienced diversity here that she didn’t experience at Broadway. This was not only within the students but also within the classes that she has been offered.
“[The best part about moving] has probably been all the programs. They offer a lot of different programs that they never offered [at] Broadway,” Rios-Ramirez said.
However, despite the pros of moving houses and schools, Rios-Ramirez has also had to adjust to the not-so-positive changes that moving to HHS has brought.
“The worst part [is] getting up earlier,” Rios-Ramirez said. “We get in [to school] earlier here [than we did in Broadway].”
Nevertheless, Rios-Ramirez still feels that her move has been positive overall. Rios-Ramirez has been able to surround herself with diversity, meet new friends and expand her learning by taking new classes that she wasn’t offered at Broadway.
“I’ve met new people, probably made a couple new friends. It’s been good. I like meeting new people,” Rios-Ramirez said. “I like [HHS] better than Broadway; it’s a good school.”
Rios-Ramirez may have only been here for a few weeks, but she has already enjoyed her time since the move.
“I’d probably say [to someone who has to move schools]: don’t be nervous or anything. It’ll be fine. There will be people to help you,” Rios-Ramirez said.